Alabama’s abortion ban ‘cruel’ not to include rape clause

Alabama’s abortion ban ‘cruel’ not to include rape clause

Alabama's bill blocks abortions except when a woman's health is at serious risk

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Alabama's near-total ban on abortion has been described as “cruel” by the owner of a women’s centre for not including a clause to exclude women who have been raped.

Dalton Johnson, the owner of the Alabama Women's Center, told talkRADIO’s James Whale that the passing of the bill was “really sad”.

The US state’s Senate voted 25-6 for the bill before it was signed off by Republican governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday and it will block abortions in the event of rape and incest, with the only exception being when a woman's health is at serious risk.

Doctors who defy the law could face 99 years in prison, the maximum sentence for a Class A felony.

Mr Johnson said abortion providers had faced “a constant onslaught” against them for the last decade.

“At the end of the day, all they wanted to do was restrict it so much that it would become unattainable,” he said.

“They want it to be illegal and criminalise anyone who performs the procedure.”

Mr Johnson suggested that the decision should be made by the woman involved, not by lawmakers.

“I can’t reiterate enough how cruel it is to not even have a rape/incest clause in there,” he said.

“That shows you what they think about women. This type of decision should be made between a woman, her family and her physician.

“It is not an easy decision for her to make but they are the ones that need to be able to make this decision and male lawmakers should not be interfering with a woman’s right to choose.”

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